Wed.Jan 17, 2018

Deeper Dialogue around Digital Distractions

Where Learning Clicks

Digital distractions are happening more and more in classrooms around the country, so we discuss ways to work to prevent them with your students. The post Deeper Dialogue around Digital Distractions appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

What Oberlin reveals about higher ed’s vulnerable business model

The Christensen Institute

Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio, boasts a nearly $800 million endowment and is ranked 26th by US News & World Report. And if you are lucky enough to be admitted to the highly selective school, tuition, room, and board can be yours for just a hair under $70,000 per year. Despite what may, at first blush, seem like an elite school with oodles of wealth, Oberlin is in financial straits.

A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)


If you buy it, you better use it. That especially holds true for K-12 school officials who altogether spend more than $8.3 billion on education software each year, according to estimates from the Software and Information Industry Association. Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used.

World Read Aloud Day Is On Feb. 1st – Here Are Related Resources

Larry Ferlazzo

February 1st is World Read Aloud Day in 2018. You might be interested in The Best Resources For World Read Aloud Day

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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New Survey Says Only a Third of College Students Feel Prepared for Job Market and Workplace


Overall, only about a third of college students feel prepared that they’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the job market and in the workplace. That’s one of the findings Carol D’Amico, Strada Education’s Executive Vice President of Mission Advancement and Philanthropy, found most surprising from a new Strada-Gallup survey on career readiness.

4 Rules for Accessible Images That Will Get You More Views

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators understand that when posts have images they receive more views and provide a better experience for the reader. What they may not realize is that is only the beginning. You also should describe your images. There are two primary reasons for that.

How to Pick the Right Instructional Model for Your Classroom

Education Elements

Selecting the right instructional model to personalize learning is a bit like cooking dinner for my family. It’s an art, not a science. To better understand this analogy, it is important to be familiar with the three base models that teachers have in their proverbial pantry: station rotation, playlists, and flipped lessons.

Why We Need Controversy In Our Classrooms


Ask any teacher about teaching about a controversial topic, and most will tell you to avoid it at any cost. Now is the time to teach students how to deal with controversial subjects and how to cope with a plurality of ideas and identities School administrators hate controversy and will often discourage teachers from discussing hot topics in their classrooms at all. Teachers routinely get fired or reprimanded for opening discussion in their classroom about ideas that some may take issue with.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree on episode 233 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. But that’s not all. She’s also started the Cultivate World Literacy Project and more.

Study: Here’s what makes parents turn to charter schools

eSchool News

Public school parents who are “very dissatisfied” with their child’s school are 2.5 times more likely to switch to a charter school than parents who are “very satisfied,” according to a new study by scholars at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Talking Social Media With Your Children

Tech Helpful

Today's adolescent does not communicate the way we do. Social media is one of the main ways of communication and our world morphs ever so slightly into different most popular choices. As a mom on the cusp of the social media world with adolescents I protected my children maybe too much at times.

Google Forms: Require a Valid Email Address

Teacher Tech

Google Forms Validation to Require Email When you ask for an email address in Google Forms you want to make sure the person leaves a valid email address. Sometimes the responder will type other things into the answer box and you want to make sure they leave an actual email. Smart Interface Google Forms now […]. The post Google Forms: Require a Valid Email Address appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Forms Google google

Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology remains–still–a love-hate relationship between teachers and teaching. Yes, it enriches learning but at the price of too many problems, preparation required, and confusion.

3 teacher-vetted edtech resources for cross-curricular lessons

eSchool News

When I was teaching social studies in elementary school, I often found that while my ideas were endless, my planning time was limited. Despite my best efforts, I struggled to adequately prepare for all of my social studies lessons in a given week.

Actively Learn

Technology Tidbits

Actively Learn is a site I'm just finding out about that is an excellent resource for educators looking to increase comprehension and "depth" of any text. AL reminds me a lot of EDpuzzle but instead of "making a video your own" it is "making reading material your own".

Are you a Leaner or a Lifter?

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 15 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As my students and I were watching a John Maxwell video yesterday, he quoted this poem which hit me between the eyes. I’m asking myself: do I intentionally lift or do I lean.

What Gifted 9th Graders Said about Middle School


Recognizing that his gifted ninth graders possessed a fresh perspective on their middle school teacher experience, veteran educator and author Jim Delisle asked his classes to share their thoughts. What he learned may not surprise you, but it's certainly food for thought.

State Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality

Marketplace K-12

California is one of more than 20 states to file suit to stop the Federal Communication Commission's order, calling it "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion.". The post State Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Internet Connectivicity Net Neutrality


Music for the classroom


I can never find suitable music to play in the classroom. It has to be calming, good for concentration, and contain no lyrics. I decided to compile a playlist on Spotify. Click this link to find the playlist: [link]. Just click follow to save it.

Bullis Charter School Students Engage in Global Climate Change Work

P21 Blogazine

?With $2.65M Seed Funding, Creator of Ready4K Aims to Build ‘On-Demand Library for Parenting Tips’


“Fact: Shapes are everywhere. When you talk about shapes in your everyday environment, you build early geometry skills that will be important for math later on.” So begins a text message from Ready4K , an application that texts parents of young children facts and tips on literacy, math and social and emotional skills three times a week.

9 of The Best Apps for Learning Spelling

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

January 17, 2018 Spelling is a learned activity that requires formal/informal teaching and practice. You may pick up the oral part of a target language relatively easily (depending on your more. ipad spelling apps

Strategies for teaming up with your educational community


Welcome to the Jersey Educator Podcast, a show created by NJEA members … for NJEA members. Whether you are a teacher, an education support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students.

10 Good Tips to Help You Set up and Manage Your Classes on Google Classroom

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

January 17, 2018 Google Classroom is an educational platform that allows teachers and students to connect, communicate and facilitate classroom workflow. It provides a collection of more. Google Classroom my freebies

The Life-Saving Benefits of Being Curious! (warning: serious TMI).

Cycles of Learning

In her lecture, The Hungry Mind: Origins of Curiosity , Susan Engel of Williams College beautifully explains the benefits of curiosity not only on student motivation, but learning.

Muhammad Ali Was Born On This Day – Here Are Related Resources

Larry Ferlazzo

This would have been Muhammad Ali’s birthday. You might be interested in Muhammad Ali, R.I.P. – Useful Resources To Teach About His Life. Happy Birthday to the People’s Champ! — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 18, 2018.

Conducting Edtech Impact Research in the ESSA Era

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. have recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S. K-12 Schools.

“What was the Best Moment you had in the Classroom?”

Larry Ferlazzo

What was the Best Moment you had in the Classroom? is the new question-of-the-week at my Education Week Teacher column. Feel free to leave responses in the comments section there or here… Ed Week Teacher

Super Teacher Worksheets

Technology Tidbits

Super Teacher Worksheets is one of the best sites around for educators looking for printables, worksheets, puzzles, activities, and much much more.

Statistic Of The Day: The Number Of ELLs Is Growing

Larry Ferlazzo

The Learning The Language blog at Ed Week reports on recent research about the number of English Language Learners in the United States. Here’s an excerpt from their article, Rising Number of ESL Students Poses Challenges for U.S.

Love Projects: 2nd Grade Tweets & Instagrams

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Every class in our school has read the book Love by Matt de la Pena & Loren Long. In preparation for their visit later this month, every class has also created a piece of art in response to the book. These projects began in the library and continued in the art classroom with Ms. Foretich.

How to Conduct a Live Class from WizIQ Virtual Classroom


Step-By-Step Instructions for Using this Popular Education Platform to Deliver a Live Class Session What can be termed as a “live class”? For instance, a session conducted on Skype by an instructor. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Meet NEO at BETT 2018!


The future is like a coin: there has always been — and there will always be — two sides to it: fear and excitement. People have been afraid of the future since forever. Not knowing for sure what tomorrow has in store can really be stressful.